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Knee Pain

Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain

Many adult stem cells come from the same sort of cells that grow into cartilage, menisci, ligaments, and muscles, which means these specific stem cells are adept at regenerating the cells necessary to repair the soft tissue in the knee that wears out over time. This soft tissue cushions the knee, and allows it to function properly. So, when this tissue is damaged or weakened, knees become painful, tender, and stiff. Patients with reduced knee function may also experience swelling, numbness, burning, and a popping or scraping sensation known as crepitus. Any of these symptoms could be caused by these or other conditions that stem cell treatment is proven to help:

  • Tendonitis - this strain of the patellar tendon is sometimes called “jumper’s knee,” because it can be caused by repetitive stress from jumping, leaping, or pushing off.

  • Patellofemoral Pain - commonly called “runner’s knee,” this condition is common to athletes who participate in sports that require repetitive stopping, starting, bending, and flexing such as tennis, track, and basketball.

  • Knee Osteoarthritis - in the knee, this degenerative condition may cause bone spurs, cartilage loss, pain, and stiffness.

  • Chondromalacia Patella -this breakdown of cartilage under the kneecap is more common in women and can cause sharp pain and weakness in the joint.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease - Fibrocartilaginous ‘discs’ (picture a jelly donut) surround our spinal cord and cushion our spinal vertebrae. Wear and tear or injury to these joints can lead to chronic, debilitating pain.

  • Herniated Disc Disease - You know what happens when you squeeze a jelly donut? Something similar can happen to the discs in your back, leading to nucleus pulposus, sometimes called a “slipped disc.” This is when the cushioning material in your spinal discs leaks out, lessening their ability to function as spinal cord protectors and shock absorbers for the vertebrae. This condition causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the back, buttocks, and legs.

  • Spinal Stenosis - The spinal cord and spinal nerves are surrounded by protective vertebrae and ligaments that hold those vertebrae together. In a healthy spine, these vertebrae and ligaments offer plenty of room for the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that applies pressure to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects limbs, though the treatment, in this case, involves the spine. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)  typically develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. One of the key indicators of CRPS is that the pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury or illness.

  • Facet Joint Pain - Inflammation or injury to the Facet Joints is one of the most common causes of neck pain or back pain. In fact, Facet Joint Pain, also known as Facet Joint Syndrome or Facet Joint Sprain, accounts for about 30 percent of all reported cases of back pain. Many of these cases are caused by Osteoarthritis.

  • Tendonitis

  • Patellofemoral Pain

  • Chondromalacia

  • Meniscus Tear

  • ACL Tear

  • PCL Tear

  • MXL Tear

  • LCL Tear

  • Patellar Tendinosis


The Effectiveness of Stem Cells in Treating Pain

Regenerative medicine is a new area of medicine that uses stem cells to regenerate tissue and “turn the clock back” to a more active and fulfilling life.  We specialize in orthopedic regenerative medicine which has a long history of success scientific studies show the benefit and success of stem cell therapy for joints and back.  We practice the safest and most advanced techniques to bring relief to or patients. Our success rate is very high.

Adult stem cells possess several different qualities which allow them to be effective in the treatment of damaged joints. When used to treat pain caused by damaged joints, stem cells:

● Differentiate between and grow into bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligament cells

● Offer anti-inflammatory effects, which reduces further injury

● Recruit other cells necessary to increase cell growth in joints

● Inhibit cell death (apoptosis)

● Enrich blood supply, leading to more healthy tissue regeneration

Specifically, adipose stem cells are effective in treating Osteoarthritis; and bone marrow stem cells have beneficial in Rotator Cuff repair, treating Avascular Necrosis (AVN) in the hip, and assisting with bone union.

The success of these attributes depends on several different factors including disease severity, the type of stem cell used, the procedure chosen, and other factors specific to the patient. But, overall, up to 90 percent of our patients who elect stem cell therapy experience significant, long-term pain relief.

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